Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Explore the highlights of ancient Rome and Vatican City in one day on this small-group tour. Spend the morning immersed in the sights of ancient Rome, including the Forum, Pantheon, and iconic Colosseum. Then, visit the incredible collections in the Vatican Museums in the afternoon to see works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, including the Sistine Chapel.
  • Small-group tour of ancient Rome and Vatican City
  • Explore the highlights of ancient Rome in the morning
  • Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon with an expert guide
  • Take a break for lunch (own expense)
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the fabulous Vatican Museums
  • Explore the vast collections, including Raphael's Rooms and the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica after the museums

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With skip-the-line tickets, this time-saving tour covers the best of the Vatican and ancient Rome in just a few hours.

Professional and licensed guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Entrance fees 23EUR per person (age 18 and over). 5EUR per person (age 2-17)
Entrance fees Vatican: €24 per person (18+), €15 per person (age 6-17) and for students (18-25yo)
Food and Drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: Arch of Constantine, Via di San Gregorio, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
2: Via Leone IV, 2, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Make the most of a day in Rome by combining a tour of ancient Roman attractions in the morning followed by a visit to the Vatican Museums in the afternoon during this guided tour.

Begin your day in the heart of ancient Rome with a stop at the Arch of Constantine and a tour of the Colosseum. Walk through the massive amphitheater as you learn about the bloody games once held there.

Walk from the Colosseum to the adjacent Roman Forum to walk on the ancient cobblestone streets. Hear about the Tabularium and the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina as you walk through what was once the epicenter of the Roman Empire. See how the ancient Temple of Hadrian has been incorporated into a more modern building, though you can still see the streets of ancient Rome preserved at a level well below today's streets.

Visit the impressive Pantheon with its domed roof, dating from the 1st century B.C. to hear how it was preserved through constant use and is now a burial place for Italian kings and the artist Raphael.

Take a midday break for lunch (own expense) before heading to the Vatican Museums for the second half of the tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access with your guide and personalized attention in groups no larger than 12.

Explore the vast collections in the Vatican Museums, amassed by popes over the centuries. See ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, including the Belvedere Apollo, as well as masterpieces by Raphael and Bernini. Make your way into the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's amazing frescoes.

Visit St. Peter's Basilica next to the museums to see even more artwork by Bernini, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
Start your full-day tour meeting your guide at the Arch of Constantine.
Admission Ticket Free
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Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) to experience up close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the delight of Roman citizens.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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End your morning tour at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its massive interior and inlaid marble floors are home to a burial site since the Renaissance era, where the tombs of Raphael and the kings of Italy can be found.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Vatican Museums
discover the world’s most precious art collection. Skip the long lines to enter the museums, and tour in a group of no more than 13 people for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini.Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish pieces by Raphael’s pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Sistine Chapel
See Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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St. Peter's Basilica
go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini, including Michelangelo’s La Pieta beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Entrance fees will be paid directly to your guide at the meeting point.
  • If you are a Student between 18yo and 25yo, please select "YOUTH" price section, and specify it to us in the "Special Requirement Section", in this way we can provide for you a reduced ticket. Without any specifications we will provide a ticket for an Adult. Please bring with you a forma Sudent ID to show prior Tour departure.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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